Hundreds of images always pour in for SFR's annual Photo Contest. And it's our pleasure to sort through them—and let's face it, argue a little bit—to choose the winners. But this is the first time in recent memory that the results of the contest grace the pages of the weekly print edition rather than a special issue.

What turns an entry into a winner? It's in the eye of the beholder. It's the way the image captures light during a singular moment in time. It's the eyes, the hands, the outstreched arms, the color and even the wind.

Our favorites this year cross backward across the years from a timeless shot of Acoma Pueblo under a cloudy sky to a carnival during the time when everyone called the mall Villa Linda, and, finally, the grand prize winner is a view from the top of the hill that overlooks Santa Fe—this one looking back hundreds of years and also grounded firmly in the present.

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who submitted a photo and helped further our journalsim mission with the entry fee. Special appreciation to The Camera Shop of Santa Fe for providing gift certificates for the first, second and third place winners.

1st Place

1680 |Cross of the Martyrs, Santa Fe
1680 |Cross of the Martyrs, Santa Fe | Hunter Wahpepah

2nd Place

Feria |Villa Linda Mall, 1998
Feria |Villa Linda Mall, 1998 | Michael Romero

3rd Place

Acoma Sky City |View of Acoma from the hillside late in the afternoon
Acoma Sky City |View of Acoma from the hillside late in the afternoon | George Bajszar

Honorable Mentions

Jemez Potter Aaron Tosa |Near the Santa Fe Plaza
Jemez Potter Aaron Tosa |Near the Santa Fe Plaza | Marc Forlenza
Red or Green |Santa Fe Farmers Market
Red or Green |Santa Fe Farmers Market | Linda Cox
Sheepish |Truchas Peak
Sheepish |Truchas Peak | Greg Swift
Sizzling Syncopation |National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque
Sizzling Syncopation |National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque | Rachael Rodgers
Mariano
Mariano | Lucia Vinograd
Harvest Sun |Old Fort Marcy Park
Harvest Sun |Old Fort Marcy Park | Sabrina-Leigh Thomas
Crow Eating a Cherry |Candlelight neighborhood, Santa Fe
Crow Eating a Cherry |Candlelight neighborhood, Santa Fe | Genevieve Betts

Like what you see?

Bid on a wall-sized canvas print of a winning photos at SFR's popup photo show on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Violet Crown Cinema from 6 to 7:30 pm. Or order an 8 X 10 glossy from our online merch shop.